Get rid of those pesky critters.

Parasites can be internal or external, and many of the same parasites your pet gets can affect people, too!

Internal parasites
The first parasite we usually think of is the tapeworm, which is a direct result of your pet having fleas. But we also commonly see roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia. These parasites survive hidden in the intestines and can make your pet very sick. It is best to detect parasites early, before your pet becomes seriously ill. This is why we are always pestering you for those smelly stool samples. Some of these parasites can also make you and your family sick. The Center for Disease Control estimate more than 10,000 human roundworm infections yearly, with 700 of those losing their eyesight permanently. Yep, we want those stool samples from your pets at least once a year to protect your pet and your family.

Heartworm is a new concern in our area now too.  Climate change has made our local mosquito population into great transporters of this deadly parasite. Once injected into your pet’s blood, the worms travel to the heart and lungs where they grow into deadly killers. In order to keep your pet safe, and limit the spread of this horrible disease, we recommend yearly testing and monthly prevention with Sentinel or Trifexis for dogs and Revolution for cats.

 

External parasites
Fleas and ticks are common, but so are ringworm and mange. We see many cases of skin disease each year. Often they are caused by external parasites! The good news is external parasites are highly treatable. Left untreated, you pet has suffer symptoms ranging from itching, hair loss and scabs to more serious diseases like tick fever, intestinal parasites and more. Think of how one mosquito bite makes you itch; now multiply the sensation several times to relate to a pet with fleas.

We will work with you to choose the most effective parasite control products that are right for your pet. From 3 month flea, tick and mange control chews like Bravecto for dogs, to all in one parasite control like  Revolution for our feline patients we carry only products proven to be both safe and effective.

Can I buy that online?  Many flea products can be found on the internet or at the local store. Sadly, few of these products are guaranteed by the manufacturer. Manufacturers only provide prescription parasite control products to Veterinarians. Online sources and stores can only acquire these products through the “grey market” which is uncontrolled and unregulated. While most of the products are the genuine article, recalled products and clever fakes are not uncommon, and should your pet be hurt by one of these, the manufacturer will not be responsible.  We work to keep our prices as competitive as possible, so that you can use safe guaranteed products that are chosen specifically for your pet’s needs.

Schedule an appointment today to make sure that your pet is healthy and parasite free.